Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett, Beckman and Schumacher Advance to Semifinals during Houston

Posted on 23. Apr, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

April 22, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

A contingent of Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers went rounds in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Race Series during a NHRA SpringNationals during Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, nearby Houston. Leah Pritchett, Jack Beckman and Tony Schumacher took their Nitro machines to a semifinals in a ultra-competitive weekend, with Beckman withdrawal a eventuality atop a NHRA Funny Car standings and Schumacher now tied for initial in Top Fuel points.
 
Defending SpringNationals eventuality personality Pritchett incited heads on Saturday afternoon when a Mopar Dodge dragster rocketed to a tip with an considerable 3.680-second pass. The organisation warranted their initial No. 1 qualifier of a deteriorate and was set adult for success on competition day. Led by organisation arch twin Todd Okuhara and Joe Barlam, a organisation discharged of Top Fuel newbie Terry Brian in a opening turn on Sunday with another underling 3.7-second pass, a lowest elapsed time of a opening round.
 
In a second round, Pritchett degraded opposition Steve Torrence in one of a best corresponding races of a day. Pritchett got a corner on a starting line and posted a 3.740, 320-mph path over Torrence’s 3.778-second effort.

For a initial time all weekend during a line nearby Houston, teams faced balmy skies for a semifinal turn and Prichett’s dragster hazed a tires in a semifinal competition opposite Terry McMillen. McMillen also struggled down a wily 1,000-ft impetus though was means to take a win light.
 
The No. 1 qualifier effort, that was a line elapsed time record, and dual turn wins yield movement for Pritchett and a Mopar organisation streamer into subsequent weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte.
 
Funny Car points personality Jack Beckman’s competition day started with a pedalfest opposite competition Richard Townsend. Beckman was means to get Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car to redeem fast and warranted a turn win. In a quarterfinals, Beckman once again remarkably pedaled his approach to victory, and set off a win lights before Del Worsham.
 
The semifinal matchup found a 2012 Funny Car universe champion confronting Robert Hight, a reigning universe champ. Beckman was initial off of a starting line, though his 4.113-second pass was no compare for Hight’s 3.959.
 
Tony Schumacher and a U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster organisation modernized to a semifinals on Sunday in Baytown, Texas as a NHRA began a three-race swing. Schumacher degraded Bill Litton in a opening eventuality with his 3.703-second pass on a tricky competition track. In turn two, he had a starting line advantage over Clay Millican and powered a Army dragster to a 3.737-second winning pass.
 
In a semifinals, Schumacher went into tire fume for a initial time during a weekend and coasted to a 5.074 as Brittany Force got a turn win with her 3.766-second run. The Army organisation will leave Baytown tied for a Top Fuel points lead with Steve Torrence.
 
Matt Hagan’s initial outing to a winner’s turn came during a 2010 Houston race. His try to supplement a 2018 NHRA SpringNationals Wally to his prize collection started with a tough draw, his DSR teammate, Mopar-powered motorist Ron Capps. Hagan and Capps charged tough out of a gate, with Capps pulling divided initial in a conflict of DSR Dodge competition cars. Both vehicles were neck-and-neck until about a 650-ft. mark, when Hagan was means to engine down a line and measure a win when Capps’ automobile went wordless nearby halftrack.
 
In a quarterfinals, Hagan squared off opposite Tim Wilkerson. Both drivers had scarcely matching greeting times and a Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil Dodge was even with Wilkerson’s appurtenance until about 330-feet when forsaken cylinders caused Hagan to delayed and his competition was means to lift divided for a win. Hagan changed adult to second in NHRA Funny Car points streamer to Charlotte’s 4-Wide competition subsequent weekend.
 
Tommy Johnson Jr.’s initial turn detriment opposite competition J.R. Todd was a ultimate instance of ‘wrong place during a wrong time.’ Johnson, who was formerly 3-0 opposite Todd, charged out of a embankment with all candles lit. Both Johnson and Todd were true down a slit in an sparkling corresponding race. Unfortunately for Johnson, Todd edged past and was means to take a win with his 3.955-second pass vs. Johnson’s 3.989.
  
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
   
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.680 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.078-second greeting time, 3.697 seconds during 327.43 mph) kick No. 16 Terry Brian (.203/4.233/258.37)
Rd. 2: (.055/3.740/320.36) kick No. 9 Steve Torrence (.050/3.778/312.64)
Rd. 3: (.096/10.490/73.72) mislaid to No. 12 Terry McMillen (.082/5.124/213.64)
 
“It was unequivocally a Six Flags rollercoaster journey of a weekend. we can contend going to a semis has finished a lot for a team. We competent No. 1, that was unequivocally no fluke, and we found dual ways to win in a initial dual rounds, and that’s one tiny jump for a Mopar/U.S. Army team. We’ll take this and we’ll not unequivocally lick a wounds too many given we found a lot of progress. Yes, we wanted to urge a competition win here from final year and it stings that we didn’t but, within mins of entrance behind and debriefing after a semifinals, we found a cohesiveness of this organisation is unequivocally clever and will lift us a prolonged approach a rest of this season.”
 
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.918 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.072-second greeting time, 4.125 seconds during 317.12 mph) kick No. 13 Richard Townsend (.096/4.186/298.93)
Rd. 2: (.073/5.286/233.72) kick No. 12 Del Worsham (.091/5.563/215.62)
Rd. 3: (.042/4.113/293.35) mislaid to No. 1 Robert Hight (.064/3.959/312.50)
 
“Interestingly enough, it’s a initial time given low into final year where we substantially didn’t have one of a best cars on a property, nonetheless we still left with a third many points of anyone this weekend. These are a kinds of outings that will win a championship; when we can overachieve relations to your performance, given trust me, these guys will have this thing figured out and we’ll be blast again in Charlotte where we’re right behind to a four-wide format. It’s a good time of year to be a Funny Car motorist and we leave with a points lead.”
 
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.913 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.101-second greeting time, 3.951 seconds during 311.49 mph) kick No. 14 Ron Capps (.048/4.152/245.81)
Rd. 2: (.054/4.190/240.08) mislaid to No. 6 Tim Wilkerson (.053/3.972/308.71)
 
“It was a tiny wily line with new pavement out there, only a lot of variables to understanding with. We had 6 good runs adult to that indicate and it only wore too many purchase and pulled a tires remove out there. A lot of times it only loops a tires and we can expostulate by it, though it only blew them off flattering tough and there was no genuine recovery. When you’ve got a man like Wilkerson using 97 beside we and we have matching lights basically, it’s kind of tough to make it up. That’s Houston for us. we got my initial win here so it’s kind of a special place for me though we’re relocating on. We have 4-Wide (Charlotte) entrance adult and perplexing to get focused on that given it’s a whole opposite ballgame again like Vegas was. we don’t have a biggest record during 4-Wides so we need to concentration and do well. Hopefully we’ll get behind out here. We need to start winning soon.”
 
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.926 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.088 -second greeting time, 3.989 seconds during 309.49 mph) mislaid to No. 10 J.R. Todd (.051/3.955/321.73) 
 
“The conditions out here are so wily and currently was a ideal instance of ‘wrong place during a wrong time.’ We done a good run, fifth quickest of a round, though came adult short. That’s partial of a fitness in racing sometimes. We have a unequivocally good competition car, we went down a line when a lot of them didn’t so we’re not going to change anything. We’ll only go on to a subsequent one, keep doing what we’re doing and it’ll come to us.”
 
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 14 Qualifier – 4.077 ET)

Rd. 1: (.048 – seconds greeting time, 4.152 seconds during 245.81 mph) mislaid to No. 3 Matt Hagan (.101/3.951/311.49)
 
“We unequivocally put ourselves in a hole during qualifying, though you’ve listened me gloat about (crew arch Rahn) Tobler and a organisation time and time again. No matter where we qualify, we consider we have a fighting chance, and we wouldn’t wish to be a man or gal in a other line racing a NAPA automobile on Sunday morning. Having Hagan initial turn was not a plan, generally as good as they’ve been using this weekend, though we went adult there and were out in front of them initially. Then a automobile quit during about 650-feet, and we’re operative to figure out why.”
 
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.703 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.091-second greeting time, 3.703 seconds during 325.85 mph) kick No. 14 Bill Litton (.080/4.228/216.31)
Rd. 2: (.048/3.737/317.64) kick No. 6 Clay Millican (.070/6.473/89.64)
Rd. 3: (.070/5.074/148.97) mislaid to No. 2 Brittany Force (.089/3.766/299.80)
 
“Big picture, we’re tied for a points lead and that’s a good thing. Most importantly, we have a unequivocally good U.S. Army car. This morning, when a conditions were cool, we suspicion nobody was going to kick us here. It got utterly a bit hotter than we suspicion and, still, we were ultra close. The good thing is we go right from here to another one. It wasn’t like we got kick in a initial round. We hold a own, we got good points this weekend, distant from a lot of people in a standings. It’s all good.”
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Jacob Pitt from Mansfield, Texas, doubled-up this weekend during a NHRA Spring Nationals as he was a Dodge Top Finisher personality in both Stock Eliminator and Super Stock. Competing in dual classes, Pitt gathering his 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 C/SA entrance to a Stock Eliminator semifinals before a red light tainted after withdrawal a starting line too early finished his impetus to a final round. In Super Stock, Pitt piloted his FGT/H 2003 Dodge Stratus powered by a Mopar 360 tiny retard to a round-three finish.
 
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
 
Dodge Garage: New Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans now have a new one-stop end for Mopar and Dodge drag racing news. Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com) is a digital calm heart and premier end for drag racing and flesh automobile enthusiasts.

Fans can perspective daily updates and get entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. Dodge Garage features embody disdainful content, such as a three-part video array “Chasing a Title,” that offers fans a unique, behind-the-scenes glance during Pritchett and her DSR organisation in action.
 
For information on Mopar on and off a track, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog, http://blog.mopar.com.
 
Up Next: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals                       
Next on a report for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT organisation is a NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, scheduled for Apr 27-29 during zMax Dragway nearby Charlotte, NC. The eventuality will be a second of a form this season, that facilities drivers competing in 4 apart lanes simultaneously.

2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 5 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence (2) –385
      Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI — 385
3.   Antron Brown — 324
4.   Clay Millican — 309
5.   Doug Kalitta (1) — 304
6.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI — 284
7.   Brittany Force (1) — 270
8.   Richie Crampton (1) —247
9.   Terry McMillen — 240
10. Scott Palmer — 214
 
NHRA Funny Car
1.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 415
2.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 363

3.  J.R. Todd (2) — 347
4.  Courtney Force (1) — 342
5.  Robert Hight — 326
6.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T —298
7.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T — 289

8.  Shawn Langdon — 237
9.  Jonnie Lindberg — 221
10. Del Worsham — 219
 
About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is FCA North America’s mainstream opening brand, and SRT is positioned as a ultimate opening halo of a Dodge brand, together formulating a finish and offset opening code with one prophesy and one voice.
 
For some-more than 100 years, a Dodge code has carried on a suggestion of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded a association in 1914. Their change continues today. New for 2018, a 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a fastest quarter-mile prolongation automobile in a universe and many absolute flesh automobile ever, is holding a universe by storm, along with a new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, many absolute and many able three-row SUV, and a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. These new SRT ultimate opening models join a code lineup that includes a Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including a 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and a Charger SRT Hellcat, a quickest, fastest and many absolute sedan in a world.
 
About Mopar
Mopar (a elementary contraction of a difference MOtor and PARts) is a service, tools and customer-care code for FCA vehicles around a globe. Born in 1937 as a name of a line of antifreeze products, a Mopar code has developed over some-more than 80 years to paint both finish caring and authentic opening for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

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